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Gender: M Meaning of Alexander: "defending men" Origin of Alexander: Greek Alexander's Popularity in 2013: #8

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Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991, and is still at a high Number 8. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spin-offs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan--not to mention all the female versions-- that it almost feels as if the name world's been Alextrified out. But namers are still attracted to its imposing historic pedigree.

According to Greek legend,the first Alexander was Paris, who was given the nickname Alexander by the shepherds whose flocks he defended against robbers, followed by Alexander the Great, aka Alexander III, who conquered much of Asia. A royal name in Scotland, it is still highly popular there. In Gaelic, the name became Alasdair,in Spain Alejandro and in Italy Alessandro.

Among the many notable Alexanders in history, stand-outs are Hamilton, Graham Bell, Fleming, Pope and Haig.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber's Alexander is known as Sasha.

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Famous People Named Alexander

Alexander I and II, Emperors of Russia
Alexander the Great, Macedonian conqueror
Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor of the telephone
(Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich) Alexander von Humboldt, German biogeographer
Alexander Rybak, Norwegian Singer, Musician, Actor & Composer
Alexander William Gaskarth, singer of pop/punk band All Time Low
Alexander Ludwig, Canadian actor
Alexander Haig, United States general and politician
Alexander Pope, English poet
Alexander Hamilton, American statesman
Alexander "Alec" Baldwin, American actor
Alexander Skarsgard, Swedish born Actor on "True Blood"
Alexander Gould, voice in Finding Nemo and Bambi II
Alexander "Alex" Turner, lead singer of Arctic Monkeys
Alexander David "Alex" Linz, American actor
Alexander James "AJ" McLean, from the "Backstreet Boys"
Talus Alexander Meraz, son of American actor Alex Meraz
Aleksandr Pushkin, Russian writer
Alexander Armstrong, English comedian and presenter
Alexander Masters, English author
Alexander Dimmi, Yugoslavian singer
Alexander Biehn, son of American actor Michael Biehn
Alexander Kapranos, lead singer of the band Franz Ferdinand
Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands

Pop Culture References for the Name Alexander

Alexander Rozhenko, Worf's son on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Dr. Alexander "Alex" Karev, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Alexander "Xander" Harris, main character in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Alexander "Alec" Lightwood, character from 'The Mortal Instruments Series
Alexander Ashford, character in the Resident Evil video game series
Alexander von Brennenburg, antagonist of the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Alexander "Alex" Mercer, character in the game series Prototype
Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in movie "Galaxy Quest"
Alexander Szukalski, character from "Night Trains" by Barbara Wood
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," children's book by Judith Viorst and 2014 movie

Al, Alec, Alecsander, Alex, Alexandar, Alexsander, Alexsandor, Alexxander, Alexzander, Alix, Alixander, Lex, Sandy, Xan, Xander, Zan, Zander

Alexander's International Variations

Alexandre (French) Alexios, Alexandros (Greek) Sándor (Hungarian) Alastar (Irish Gaelic) Alessandro, Sandro (Italian) Alexio (Portuguese) Alexandru (Romanian) Alexei, Sasha, Aleksandr, Shura, Sanya (Russian) Alasdair, Alistair (Scottish Gaelic) Alejandro (Spanish)